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Breast Care Center Team

Each patient is unique and treatments are not “one-size-fits-all”.  A personalized care plan delivers the most informed and effective treatment possible for every patient.  Breast Care Center patients benefit from a model of care that puts them at the center of a coordinated team.  Guided by the Breast Care Coordinator throughout treatment, the team flexes to address each individual patient’s needs. View a list of the team members here at Cheshire Medical Center.

The multidisciplinary Breast Care Team consists of the following roles:

Family Practice Providers/Women’s Health Providers 

Care of patients with cancer can be enhanced by continued involvement of the family practice provider/women’s health provider. The provider’s role may include informing the patient of the diagnosis, helping with decisions about treatment, providing psychological support, continuing patient-appropriate preventive care, and recognizing and managing or co-managing complications of cancer and cancer therapies.

Breast Care Coordinator

The Breast Care Coordinator serves as a consistent care coordinator throughout the continuum of care assessing the physical, psychological and social needs of the patient. The assessment is relayed to a multidisciplinary team to collaboratively design a care plan with desired outcomes. The Breast Care Coordinator focuses on achieving the outcomes within effective and realistic time frames. She monitors the patient and triages needed services across all product or service lines while ensuring proper access to these services

Mammography Technologist 

Mammography Technologists will perform your 3D Mammogram, which is a type of x-ray imaging used for breast cancer screening and the diagnosis of breast disease.

Radiologist

The Radiologists interpret the mammography images, recommending further imaging or treatments when necessary and appropriate, such as breast ultrasound, biopsies and breast MRI. Working collaboratively with the Pathologists, Surgeons and Oncologists

Pathologist

The Pathologists will establish the diagnosis, whether breast cancer or not. The pathologist will look at the microscopic appearance of tumor cells and report what kind of cancer it is.

Surgeon

The Surgeon will meet with the patient to discuss nonmalignant cases and surgical treatment options such as breast-conserving surgery, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction for those patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Medical Oncologist

Medical Oncologists manages the patients care and treatment once he or she is diagnosed with breast cancer. She/He will discuss treatment options such as neoadjuvant therapy and chemotherapy.

Radiation Oncologist

Radiation Oncologists will explain to the patient what the role of radiation is. In the case of breast cancer, is to decrease the risk of cancer coming back both in the breast and potentially in areas where breast cancer can spread.

Cancer Registrar

Cancer Registrars are data information specialists.  They capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for each cancer patient.

Physical and Occupational Therapists

Therapists help prepare the patient for surgery and recovery from it afterwards.

Nutritionist

Nutritionists help the patient to create a plan, cope with change, find ways to improve your appetite, and help to evaluate herbal and vitamin therapies.

Teaming up for individualized care

Treating the whole patient extends beyond the medical center walls.  The compassionate Breast Care Team works with patients to access additional resources and complimentary therapies, for an integrated approach to healing.

Social Workers

Social Workers offer support to patients and families, help with questions, concerns resources and referrals. Social workers can also help the patient to think about their goals and planning ahead for medical and other care.

Complimentary Therapies

Research studies support the benefits of complimentary therapies such as reiki, massage therapy, acupuncture, and yoga, combined with medical treatment.  For many patients, complimentary therapies help with the side effects of breast cancer treatment.